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The Engaged Scholar Magazine Cover - Volume 6

Economic Development
Volume No. 6 is a special edition that draws together a variety of stories from across the university about the ways in which MSU is working to improve the economic well-being of the state and its citizens.


Outreach and Engagement Measurement Instrument (OEMI)
MSU faculty and academic staff: Please make sure your outreach and engaged scholarship is counted. The OEMI is an MSU online survey that collects data about scholarly activities for the direct benefit of external audiences.
Deadline: March 31, 2012

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Deadline: February 20, 2012

Call for Manuscripts: Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2012

Call for Proposals: 13th Annual Meeting of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference
Deadline: April 11, 2012

2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Deadline: April 27, 2012

Handbook of Engaged Scholarship:
Contemporary Landscapes, Future Directions, Volumes 1 and 2

Now available from MSU Press

For Faculty: Tools of Engagement
Learn about new curriculum modules available to faculty that introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement and help instruct the next generation of scholars.

For Graduate Students: MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
The program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Green Energy Technologies Collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Lansing Receives Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award Angela Calabrese Barton, Ph.D.
Department of Teacher Education
College of Education

Green Energy Technologies Collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Lansing Receives Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award

Angela Calabrese Barton, professor in the College of Education, and the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, led by president Carmen Turner, were named co-recipients of the Outreach Scholarship Community Partnership Award during the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.

Calabrese Barton and Turner, representing the community partner, were recognized for "GET City" (Green Energy Technologies in the City), a collaboration that engages at-risk youth in science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages them to become community science experts who can bring about change by linking green energy technology with local environmental health, responsibility, and practice ... read more

Mothers in Motion Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyle Mei-Wei Chang, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Mothers in Motion Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

Young, low-income mothers with young children face challenges in their daily lives that may make a healthy lifestyle seem out of reach, thus increasing their risk of obesity, leading to type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mei-Wei Chang, an associate professor in MSU's College of Nursing, is leading the Mothers In Motion intervention program, in partnership with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and MSU Extension.

The aim of this project is to help low-income mothers who are overweight or obese improve their health by eating well, being active, and dealing with stress. According to Chang, these women are highly motivated to make healthy lifestyle behavioral changes. "They would love to make changes, but they don't know where to begin. They either don't have access to the resources, or the resources don't fit their needs," she says ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Community-University Partnerships: Invested in Michigan's Future

Community-University Partnerships: Invested in Michigan's Future

Michigan State University is part of a statewide event planned by Michigan's fifteen public universities and The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan to showcase community-university partnerships that contribute to the well-being of all Michigan citizens. The program will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda in downtown Lansing.

The event is an opportunity for elected officials, policymakers, and Michigan residents to view posters and hear short presentations about exemplary community-university initiatives as well as dialogue and share information with higher education researchers, staff, and community partners.

Local and regional initiatives that contribute to entrepreneurial, business, and workforce development for Michigan citizens will be featured in descriptions of academic partnerships and collaborations with small businesses, corporations, hospitals, schools, and communities in every part of the state ... read more

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Upcoming Events

The Evaluation Circle Workshops, 2011-2012
A series of workshops on evaluation theory and practice
East Lansing, Michigan
April 13, 2012

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Conference
Houston, Texas
April 18-21, 2012

Stories of Engagement: Building Partnerships in Health Research
OPIS Community Engagement Symposium
Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 25, 2012

2012 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance Conference
Brisbane, Australia
July 9-11, 2012

2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
September 30-October 3, 2012

The Michigan World Usability Day
East Lansing, Michigan
November 15, 2012

Looking for Project Partners?

University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a partnership with community partners to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our University-Community Partnerships (UCP) staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Bob Brown at (517) 432-1450 or brownr23@msu.edu.

Focus: HOPE, Detroit, MI

Opportunities for partnership exist around the following areas: Service-Learning, Student Internships and Placements, Faculty Research Partnerships, and Development of Innovative Solutions to Pressing Social Problems. For more information, contact Deborah E. Fisher at (313) 494-4306 or fisherd@focushope.edu, or visit http://ucp.msu.edu/partnerships/.

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